You Could Be Fired for Reading This Book

Protect Your Employment Rights

Glenn Solomon (Author)

Publication date: 05/01/2004

You Could Be Fired for Reading This Book
  • The rulebook for the game of work that describes how one rule, the at-will rule, trumps all the other rules and can undermine your economic security and your other employment-related rights
  • Explores what options exist for getting around the at-will rule and for combating unjust "at will" terminations and presents a viable alternative that more fairly balances the rights of workers and employers
  • Written by an employment lawyer with many years of experience representing both employees and employers
You can be fired from your job at any time, with or without warning, for almost any reason, or for no reason at all. You can be fired for a false reason, a mean reason, a reason that is unfair or even capricious. In fact, as the title says, you could be fired for reading this book.

As employment law attorney Glenn Solomon explains, the overwhelming majority of Americans are subject to "at-will" employment: they are hired-and can be fired-at their employer's will. While there are a few specific kinds of discriminatory termination (based on age, sex, race, etc.) prohibited by law, it is difficult to prove such discrimination in court.

Solomon argues that the at-will rule is inherently unjust, since it leaves the livelihood of most Americans subject to their employers' whims. How can workers fight back? Drawing on his two decades of legal experience, Solomon discusses in detail four exceptions to the at-will rule, critiquing their effectiveness and explaining precisely how workers might be able to take advantage of them. He describes how workers can leverage what few rights they do have under the existing system, including what to consider when deciding whether or not to sue your employer and what to expect if you do decide to sue, using an actual wrongful termination case to illustrate. And he recommends an alternative to the at-will rule that protects the rights of both workers and employers.

  • The rulebook for the game of work that describes how one rule, the at-will rule, trumps all the other rules and can undermine your economic security and your other employment-related rights
  • Explores what options exist for getting around the at-will rule and for combating unjust "at will" terminations and presents a viable alternative that more fairly balances the rights of workers and employers
  • Written by an employment lawyer with many years of experience representing both employees and employers

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  • The rulebook for the game of work that describes how one rule, the at-will rule, trumps all the other rules and can undermine your economic security and your other employment-related rights
  • Explores what options exist for getting around the at-will rule and for combating unjust "at will" terminations and presents a viable alternative that more fairly balances the rights of workers and employers
  • Written by an employment lawyer with many years of experience representing both employees and employers
You can be fired from your job at any time, with or without warning, for almost any reason, or for no reason at all. You can be fired for a false reason, a mean reason, a reason that is unfair or even capricious. In fact, as the title says, you could be fired for reading this book.

As employment law attorney Glenn Solomon explains, the overwhelming majority of Americans are subject to "at-will" employment: they are hired-and can be fired-at their employer's will. While there are a few specific kinds of discriminatory termination (based on age, sex, race, etc.) prohibited by law, it is difficult to prove such discrimination in court.

Solomon argues that the at-will rule is inherently unjust, since it leaves the livelihood of most Americans subject to their employers' whims. How can workers fight back? Drawing on his two decades of legal experience, Solomon discusses in detail four exceptions to the at-will rule, critiquing their effectiveness and explaining precisely how workers might be able to take advantage of them. He describes how workers can leverage what few rights they do have under the existing system, including what to consider when deciding whether or not to sue your employer and what to expect if you do decide to sue, using an actual wrongful termination case to illustrate. And he recommends an alternative to the at-will rule that protects the rights of both workers and employers.

  • The rulebook for the game of work that describes how one rule, the at-will rule, trumps all the other rules and can undermine your economic security and your other employment-related rights
  • Explores what options exist for getting around the at-will rule and for combating unjust "at will" terminations and presents a viable alternative that more fairly balances the rights of workers and employers
  • Written by an employment lawyer with many years of experience representing both employees and employers

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Glenn Solomon has 20 years' experience in employment and civil rights law, mostly representing lower- and middle-income clients. He also has considerable experience defending employers. Before beginning private practice, Solomon served as a clerk to a justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.

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Table of Contents

1.The Basic Rule and What's Wrong with It
2.The Four Current Exceptions to the At-Will Rule: Two Work, Two Are Hit-or-Miss
3.The Contract Exception: The Fundamentals of the Employment Relationship and the Union
4.The Public Sector, the Largest Exception to the At-Will Rule and a Working Model for Private Enterprise
5.Equal Shmeequal!: The Illusory Civil Rights Exception and the Myth of Illegal Discrimination
6.The Public Policy Exception: Protecting the Good Citizen on the Job
7.Some Personal Employment Rights: Nibbling Away at the At-Will Rule
8.After the Waltz Is Over: Some Contract Related Matters
9.The Litigation Process: Here Is How
10.Damages: What You Can Get
11.To Sue or Not to Sue: Some Considerations
12.An End to the Insanity: The Model Employment Termination Act, Design for a Workplace without Fear, Coming Soon to a Voting Booth Near You!

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